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DOJ/DEA RIN: 1117-AB60 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Providing Controlled Substances to Ocean Vessels 

DEA proposes to revise existing regulations regarding the dispensing of controlled substances to ocean vessels in response to increased inquiries received from the industry and the public. DEA proposes to define the term "ocean vessel," remove the ability for a non-registrant to obtain controlled substances, revise the registration process for medical officers, and revise the recordkeeping requirements to enhance accountability and oversight. With this ANPRM, DEA is seeking the most current information on the industry’s practices to ensure the proposed revisions are efficacious.

DEA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to obtain information and feedback regarding the procurement of controlled substances by a medical officer for emergency kits on board ocean vessels, aircraft, and certain other entities. Through this ANPRM DEA gained a better understanding of the industry's current needs and practices, this information will guide DEA’s writing of the updated regulations in an upcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 21 CFR 1304.21(e)    21 CFR 1317.95   
Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 821    21 U.S.C. 827 (h)    21 U.S.C. 871 (b)    21 U.S.C. 958 (f)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  07/18/2022  87 FR 42662   
ANPRM Comment Period End  09/16/2022 
NPRM  09/00/2024 
Additional Information: DEA docket number: 598
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 1117-AA40 
Agency Contact:
Scott A. Brinks
Section Chief, Regulatory Drafting and Support Section, Diversion Control Division
Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
8701 Morrissette Drive,
Springfield, VA 22152
Phone:571 362-8209